Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy.
The Senate and the country need Senators of courage who are prepared to make their mark on history by standing with past profiles in courage, and defending not party, not partisanship, but defending principle and democracy itself.
Words like freedom, justice, democracy are not common concepts; on the contrary, they are rare. People are not born knowing what these are. It takes enormous and, above all, individual effort to arrive at the respect for other people that these words imply.
What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty, and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.
Recent action in Syria and Palestine also tell us that the awakening voices of democracy in those regions are occurring, and that those in that region are able to pursue it without being stifled by terrorists that are despotic.
... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great
political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate
power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting
corporate power against democracy.
In this possibly terminal phase of human existence, democracy and freedom are more than just ideals to be valued - they may be essential to survival.
The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion.
The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.
Democracy is on trial in the world, on a more colossal scale than ever before.
Apparently, a democracy is a place where numerous elections are held at great cost without issues and with interchangeable candidates.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven.
Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, are right
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
After each war there is a little less democracy to save.
I have always been of the mind that in a democracy manners are the only effective weapons against the bowie-knife.
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.
To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
We can no longer allow multi-nationalists to parade as agents of progress and democracy in the newspapers, even as they subvert it at the workplace.
Capitalism is the bastard child of democracy.
Corruption and hypocrisy ought not to be inevitable products of democracy, as they undoubtedly are today